Hariyali Teej, a Hindu festival that is celebrated mostly in the Northern India. This festival falls in Sawan and Bhadrapad months of Hindu calendar. This festival is widely celebrated in India considering some of the traditions and customs. Today, on this festival, the women in states of Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar enjoy this Hariyali Teej with great enthusiasm.
As the name itself suggests, the Hariyali Teej, women tend to wear green coloured traditional attire on the day.
Here are few things that you need to know about Hariyali Teej and how it is celebrated in India.
1. On this day, the married couples visit temple of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. They offer red flowers, solah (16) shringar and bhog, followed by the prayers they make for the long lasting love in their relationship.
2. Traditional songs of Teej are played all around. Most of the women tend to dress up themselves in traditional wear especially of green colour. They wear bangles, apply mehendi on their palm and do solah shringar.
3. Women and girls gather in groups around swings in rural areas of India. They enjoy beautiful weather of sawan month. Some communities organise special Teej Fests.
4. In the Indian culture, there is a tradition that the parents of married women often send a basket which consists of fruits, sweets (especially ghevar), mehendi and bangles to their daughter on this auspicious occasion.
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5. Most women tend to fast for the whole day of Hariyali Teej. They also pray for their everlasting marriage. Some spinsters also fast on this day and it is believed that they pray to Lord Shiva for getting a good husband.
There are two more festivals which fall after Hariyali Teej. Kajari Teej is celebrated after 15 days of Hariyali Teej and Hartalika Teej is falling on 24th August this year.